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Rope Access Training (SPRAT)

Nationally recognised units of competency
SPRAT Rope Access level 1, 2 or 3

Face to Face

Provides participants with the knowledge and skills to perform work while suspended in a vertical environment.

Course Dates

Location (QLD) Start Date Places Left

For group bookings please call us on 1300 990 810.

Course Details


Course Duration

5 days


Course Overview

Industrial rope access (aka twin rope access) training AS4488 is designed to provide workers with the knowledge and skills to perform work while suspended in a vertical environment. Training covers:

  • Risk assessment procedures
  • Installation of anchor systems
  • Industrial abseiling skills
  • Rope ascending techniques
  • Work methods
  • Mobility at height
  • Rescue procedures

This four day course with a fifth day for assessments is suitable for any worker/company who will be required to conduct work such as maintenance or inspection whilst fully suspended at height. Typical work scenarios are:

  • High rise window cleaning
  • Industrial abseiling
  • Painting or maintenance
  • Sign installation
  • Work on bridges, power stations, mines, cliffs etc.

Training is designed to be as realistic as possible and enable you to work effectively as a rope access technician.

Course Inclusions

  • All necessary equipment can be provided (although we encourage you to bring your own)
  • Training conducted by experienced Rope Access Technician
  • Knowledge on relevant legislation and Australian Standards for working at height
  • Recommendations and advice for specialised PPE and equipment for your particular workplace
  • Advice on risk control methods for the type of rope access works to be undertaken
  • Plenty of practical hands on training to ensure rope access technicians can ensure personal safety whilst performing suspended works
  • SPRAT assessment and qualification issuance fees

Each Trainee Must Provide

Participants must

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • This training is realistic and very physical. It is important that all personnel who attend this course are physically fit and have a head for heights. You will be ascending ropes and hanging in harnesses for extended periods in order to conduct rescues. If you do not possess the fitness/strength to ascend ropes under your own strength, you will be unable to demonstrate the competence required for this program.

Equipment requirements

  • We supply all equipment necessary for you to undertake training including harnesses, ascenders, descenders etc.
  • We actively encourage you to bring along your own equipment.

Prerequisite for Level 1

  • A current (within 24 months) Work Safely at Heights certificate (RIIWHS204D or equivalent).

Prerequisites for Level 2

  • A current ARAA or SPRAT level 1 certification.
  • At least 500 logged hours employing twin-rope system at level 1 within last 3 years (supervisor-signed and verified).

Prerequisites for Level 3

  • A current ARAA or SPRAT level 2 certification.
  • At least 1,000 logged hours employing twin-rope system within last 3 years (supervisor-signed and verified).

Direct Entry Requirements

I have a Rope Access qualification from a different industry body (e.g. IRATA etc.) and I would like to translate this to a SPRAT qualification (i.e. do a Direct Entry to SPRAT). What is involved?

Direct entry is available to candidates who can show proof of their experience in rope access. The requirements for direct entry into Levels 2 and 3 are outlined on the SPRAT website, in the section Certification Requirements for Rope Access Work found on the Public Documents page. To apply:

  • Print and fill out a Pre-Approval Application (Level 3 Application / Level 2 Application).
  • Scan it and email it along with copies of all the necessary documentation to at least 6 weeks before your course start date as all documentation related to direct entry must be approved by the Evaluations Committee in advance of your course start date.
  • Call Pinnacle Safety and Training on 1300 990 810 to pay your non-refundable SPRAT Direct Entry Application Fee by credit card. SPRAT currently charge $250 USD for a Level 2 Direct Entry application and $350 USD for Level 3. Pinnacle will convert this to the Australian dollar equivalent at the time of taking your credit card details.
  • Pinnacle will send all your Direct Entry information to SPRAT to be assessed, and SPRAT will notify you of the outcome of your Direct Entry application.

  • *Please note the Direct Entry fee does not include the certification processing cost assessed following the completion of a successful evaluation.

Technicians qualified under the (now defunct) Australian Rope Access Association (ARAA) are not required to undergo direct entry. ARAA qualifications (current or expired) are held in the same standing as the equivalent SPRAT qualification.

Raymond was a very engaging trainer, extremely across the topic and an all round great bloke. The course and facility was of a high quality but Raymond definitely made it stand out as the best course I have done. I would highly recommend Pinnacle to anyone as a result and will make sure that my company considers Pinnacle first for any future training.

Kurt H. - Brisbane, QLD

Ventel Certificate IV Work Health and Safety